How much do travelers really know about the volcanic archipelago stretching across the equator some 500 miles from the coast of Ecuador? Renowned as the petri dish for the theory of evolution, the UNESCO World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve is endlessly fascinating, brimming with flora and fauna found nowhere else. Much of the islands are easily accessible for observation and even limited interaction. It’s little wonder the Galapagos Islands hold such a high place on so many travelers’ “Top Ten Must-Do Destinations” lists. But don’t take our word for it.
Sherry Ott’s recent blog post onOttsworld.comis a comprehensive guide on what you should know before traveling to the so-called “enchanted islands” and what to expect from your explorations. Read on:
Sometimes I think I’ve seen it all when it comes to travel…and then I go to a destination that blows my mind and makes me realize that I have a lot yet to see! My Galapagos Islands holiday was full of learning opportunities, but most of all it was full of awe and joy. How could it not be — the Islands and wildlife are stunning. It’s like being inside an episode of Planet Earth.
I can’t believe I waited so long to visit the Galapagos Islands! After years of people telling me I should go there, I finally pulled the trigger on the Galapagos in November of 2021 – a time when the world was slowly starting to move around again. It was a perfect time for me to visit these special islands for the first time.
During my 5 days there, I learned so much. My arrogant long-time-traveler side thought I knew what to expect…after all…I had seen it all before. But every day I learned something new that surprised and delighted me.
I often found myself thinking – ‘I wish I had known this before I got here’.
That’s why I decided to put together this list of things about the Galapagos that I sort of wish I knew beforehand. Some of these things are quirky, some are essential to know, and some will help you decide what type of tour you will want to book for a Galapagos Islands holiday.